Mississauga, ON: Today marked the official opening of the long-awaited Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) expansion, a 5-storey, 225,000 square foot building known as the HMC B-Wing that will increase enrolment capacity in Mississauga to over 5,600 students. The event drew over 200 guests, including provincial and municipal elected officials, donors and industry partners.
Dr. Mary Preece opened the formal proceedings and acknowledged the $67.7 million in infrastructure funding provided by the provincial government to support the construction of B-Wing. She also thanked the City of Mississauga for its donation of the land on which HMC is situated, as well as the many private donors who contributed to Sheridan’s Get Creative Fundraising Campaign, which raised $9 million to support the expansion.
Those in attendance included The Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development; The Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and MPP – Mississauga South; The Hon Dipika Damerla, Minister of Senior Affairs and MPP – Mississauga East – Cooksville; and Amrit Mangat, MPP – Mississauga – Brampton South.
Hazel McCallion, Sheridan’s inaugural Chancellor, noted that “I’m so proud to be the first Chancellor of this great institution, that is making it possible for our young people to go out in the world, and make a difference – in other words, to prepare them not to fear the future, but to shape it.”
“Investing in high-quality postsecondary education is about more than expanding access and affordability,” said Minister Matthews. “It is also about investing in innovative learning spaces that provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experience in state-of-the-art facilities – experience that will help them get the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The Ontario Government is proud to support the energy efficient expansion of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus. I know it will serve students well for decades.”
“Supporting the development of state-of-the-art facilities, like the Sheridan College Hazel McCallion campus, is part of our plan to build up our highly skilled workforce and grow our economy,” said Minister Sousa. “Providing greater access to innovative postsecondary learning spaces will enable Ontario students to develop the new skills they need for our changing economy.”
“The just completed phase 2 of Sheridan College Hazel McCallion campus more than doubles capacity,” said Minister Damerla. “This much needed expansion gives Ontario’s third largest city a state-of-the-art college that it deserves. This is a big win for Mississauga.”
“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Council, we join Sheridan in celebrating the official opening of Phase Two of the Hazel McCallion Campus, located on nearly nine acres of prime land made possible through a partnership between Mississauga and Sheridan,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Sheridan’s Mississauga campus is located directly on the planned Hurontario LRT route. This will make it easier for students, faculty and staff to get to and from campus. Investing in education is city-building and this occasion marks another milestone as we move ahead with our plans for a complete city – a place where people can earn an education, find a well-paying job and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life right here in Mississauga.”
“During this exciting period in our City’s evolution, we celebrate the continued revitalization of our downtown core with the successful completion of Sheridan College’s Phase 2 building,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “As the local City Councillor for Ward 4, I am grateful to have been a part of our City’s collaboration with Sheridan and welcome all of the students attending class here. I thank all those who have been so hard at work, helping to realize Mississauga’s and Sheridan’s shared vision for a thriving downtown.”
Attendees had the opportunity to explore a variety of interactive exhibits, all reflective of one of the event’s twin themes: creativity and sustainability. They included a public exhibit in the Creative Campus Gallery entitled “human: purposeful creativity for our communities”; a sustainability living lab; and a display from the Material Connexion Library, a first-in-Canada collection of innovative materials for interior design and architecture that is housed in the new facility.
About the New Building:
HMC B-Wing was designed by Moriyama & Teshima and Montgomery Sisam – Architects in joint venture, and embodies Sheridan’s Creative Campus philosophy and commitment to sustainability. Its features include a creativity commons where students can mingle and collaborate; a public Gallery showcasing the creativity of the Sheridan community; and the Institute for Creativity.
Programs offered in the building include a grouping related to sustainable built environment, including Architectural Technology, Interior Design, and Interior Decorating. Programs in Advertising , Marketing and Visual Merchandising complement the business diploma and degree programs that have been offered at HMC since its opening in 2011.
The building is built to LEED Silver specifications with potential for Gold. Sustainability features include smart building infrastructure, zero waste foundations, water efficiency and reuse, lighting and ventilation as well as the use of sustainable materials.
Sheridan College Davis Campus – it gives me immense pleasure to join the faculty, staff, students and leadership from Sheridan College for the installation of Hazel McCallion as this institution’s first chancellor, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today.
“Sheridan College chose Canada’s leading city-builder, Hazel McCallion, to help build a more promising and inspiring future, for the school’s 21,000 strong student body.”
As you know, when Sheridan succeeds, so does Mississauga, Mayor Crombie said citing how phase two of the Hazel McCallion Campus is well underway, on nearly nine acres of prime land made possible through a partnership between Mississauga and Sheridan.
“I have always maintained that all levels of government have a responsibility to ensure people have access to quality education,” Mayor Crombie said. “This is especially the case at the local level. We want our educational institutions to be strong because our young people must reach higher,” Mayor Crombie added.
“Investing in education is city-building.”
The Mississauga expansion project will result in a new facility on the same site; housing state-of-the-art classrooms; studios; labs and production spaces; a Centre for Creative Thinking and a gallery space to showcase students’ creativity and innovation.
The new facility will offer program clusters in architecture and interior design; creativity and communications; business; advertising and merchandising. The new space will accommodate an additional 3,200 full-time students for a total enrollment of approximately 5,500 active minds.
Mayor Crombie said “taken together, this is another milestone as we continue with our plans of building a flourishing, livable, walkable, downtown core.”
Mayor Crombie highlighted how Mississauga City staff are working closely with Metrolinx to press ahead with the Hurontario LRT, adding that “former mayor McCallion advocated extensively to support the project and attract investment for it.”
Mayor Crombie added that “the LRT will be linked to our MiWay Bus Rapid Transit System at the Square One Transit Terminal. It will result in a more seamless travel experience for students to get to class at Sheridan College.”
“By partnering with Sheridan, we are building a complete city – a place where all people can earn an education, find a good-paying job, start a business, pursue their dreams and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life.
Mayor Crombie concluded “once again, I offer my very best wishes to Chancellor McCallion, as you embark on yet another exciting chapter in your extensive career of public service.”
Mayor Crombie speaking during the installation of Hazel McCallion as Sheridan College’s first chancellor. Brian Dawson, President of Sheridan’s Board of Directors, also pictured.
Mayor Crombie joined by Hazel McCallion, Sheridan President Jeff Zabudsky, Mayor Linda Jeffrey, and Mississauga-Brampton South MPP Amrit Mangat.